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New York Times:
In His First Day of Testimony, Cohen Testifies Trump Authorized Hush-Money Payment  —  During nearly six hours on the stand Monday, Michael D. Cohen testified that Donald J. Trump urged him to buy the silence of Stormy Daniels late in the 2016 campaign and approved the plan to repay him.
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
With eyes shut, Trump endures testimony from his nemesis  —  The former president's demeanor Monday was markedly different than last week, when Stormy Daniels testified.  —  NEW YORK — Face to face in court on Monday with his fixer-turned-nemesis Michael Cohen — the witness whose testimony …
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Fox News
Associated Press:
Star witness Michael Cohen says Trump was intimately involved in all aspects of hush money scheme
Financial Times:
FT-Michigan Ross poll: Biden's election hopes fall as prices rise again  —  Persistent inflation means American voters do not see evidence of an improving economy  —  The recent uptick in US inflation appears to have reversed any progress President Joe Biden has made in convincing voters …
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Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Trump Leads in 5 Key States, as Young and Nonwhite Voters Express Discontent With Biden
Michael Tomasky / New Republic:
How on Earth Is Donald Trump Getting Credit for Joe Biden's Economy?
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump is gagged.  So his surrogates say the forbidden stuff for him.  —  Three GOP senators have appeared with Trump in court and conveniently proceeded to say precisely what he can't.  —  Donald Trump's mouth and keyboard fingers have been relatively disciplined — by his own standards …
Discussion: Mock Paper Scissors
Brianna Atkinson / WUNC:
UNC-Chapel Hill BOT votes to divert DEI funding, redirecting it to campus public safety  —  The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has voted to divert $2.3 million away from diversity, equity and inclusion programs and into “public safety.”  —  The unanimous vote occurred at a special Board of Trustees meeting Monday morning.
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Ari Natter / Bloomberg:
Biden Signs Ban on Imports of Russian Nuclear Reactor Fuel  — Russian supplies of enriched uranium to be barred in 90 days  — Move could boost costs for US nuclear plants, risk retaliation  —  President Joe Biden on Monday signed legislation banning the import of Russian enriched uranium …
Heather Digby Parton / Salon:
Republicans ready for a Trump loss  —  This time, Trump has the GOP bought in earlier on his Big Lie  —  What happens if he loses?  —  The mainstream press has finally turned its focus to what a second Donald Trump administration will look like should he win the White House in 2024.
Discussion: Raw Story and Above the Law
Sareen Habeshian / Axios:
Louisiana bill would place abortion pills on same list as opiates … - Abortion, both via medication and surgery, is already completely banned in the state with very limited exceptions, per the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights.
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Ari Blaff / National Post:
United Nations halves estimate of women and children killed in Gaza  —  Without any announcement, the United Nations (UN) significantly lowers its previously stated casualty list in the Gaza Strip  —  The United Nations has significantly adjusted Palestinian casualty figures for the ongoing war …
Brad Plumer / New York Times:
New Rules to Overhaul Electric Grids Could Boost Wind and Solar Power  —  The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the biggest changes in more than a decade to the way U.S. power lines are planned and funded.  —  Federal regulators on Monday approved sweeping changes …
Kelly Rissman / The Independent:
Tennessee woman denied abortion after fetus' ‘brain not attached’ slams state ban  —  State lawmakers 'don't see the mourning and the grieving that these moms' experience after getting a heartbreaking diagnosis, Breanna Cecil tells , Kelly Rissman  —  A Tennessee woman who was denied …
Rolling Stone:
Progressives Prep $10 Million Campaign to Expose ‘MAGA Supreme Court’  —  Many voters don't blame Donald Trump or Republicans for the Supreme Court's increasingly right-wing decisions.  This coalition wants to change that  —  UNITED FOR DEMOCRACY, a coalition of progressive groups and labor unions …
Discussion: Raw Story
Emily Ngo / Politico:
Debate devolves into snark-fest between Bowman and Latimer  —  The Democratic House challengers accused each other of colluding with Republicans.  —  NEW YORK — Sniping, snark and incessant interruptions defined the first televised debate in one of the country's most competitive primaries Monday night …
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Gary Fineout / Politico:
DeSantis says his wife Casey has ‘zero’ interest in running for office  —  He acknowledged that some people had suggested that she consider running.  —  TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday knocked down speculation that his wife, first lady Casey DeSantis, would run to succeed him in 2026.
Discussion: Florida Politics
CIS.org:
Foreign-Born Population Grew by 5.1 Million in the Last Two Years  —  The largest two-year increase ever recorded  —  The foreign-born or immigrant population (legal and illegal) hit new record highs in March 2024 of 51.6 million and 15.6 percent of the total U.S. population.
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Examiner
Jose Pagliery / The Daily Beast:
Melania Came Up With Trump's ‘Locker Room Talk’ Excuse, Michael Cohen Says  —  BY HIS SIDE  —  The former Trump fixer dropped the surprising revelation as an aside while testifying Monday in his former boss' hush-money trial.  —  Among the weirdest revelations at Donald Trump's ongoing criminal trial …
Julianne McShane / Mother Jones:
Trump Wants to Deport Pro-Palestine Protesters—and GOP Lawmakers Are Filing Bills to Make It Happen  —  Republicans continue their push to punish dissent.  —  At a rally in Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday, former President Donald Trump made many questionable comments.
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
Meet RAGA—One of the Scariest GOP Groups You've Never Heard Of  —  The Republican Attorney Generals Association is waging a legal war to overturn reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and climate regulations, one state at a time.  —  Pocket  —  This article appears in the May 2024 issue, with the headline “An Army of AGs.”
Discussion: Raw Story
CBS News:
Harris drops “F-bomb” while encouraging Asian Americans to break down barriers  —  Vice President Kamala Harris let a profanity slip Monday as she emphasized the importance of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders breaking through the barriers they face.
 
 
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Anastasiia Malenko / Reuters:
UK's Labour pledges ‘ironclad’ commitment to Ukraine during Kyiv visit
Discussion: Bloomberg
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Sen. Menendez bribery trial starts with judge scolding lawyers on ‘gamesmanship’
Politico:
Israel's ‘total victory’ in Gaza is unlikely, top US official says
Discussion: New York Post and Reuters
Denise Chow / NBC News:
Canadian wildfires trigger air quality alerts across 4 U.S. states
Charles Creitz / Fox News:
Jill Biden tells Arizona college graduates ‘community colleges should be free in America’
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